I'm selling my 1971 Mercury Cougar for $5500, but since I am moving out of state soon, I am willing to negotiate within reason.
I (and the car) live in the North Bay Area, but for serious buyers I am willing to drive the car to meet somewhere in the middle.
The car mostly sits in my carport and needs to go to someone who will enjoy it. It's sad to see it sitting. The odometer is at 63084 miles, I believe that to be original miles. I've owned the car since 1995 and have put less than 10000 miles on it. I purchased the Cougar from a family friend who, to my knowledge purchased it new in Oregon and when I purchased it from him, the car had been sitting for many years because of some valve issues. So, as far as I know, its only had two owners. The car has spent much of its life sitting, which is unfortunate for how cool it is.
The title is clean and was just registered in California until December 2017. Does not need to be smogged.
The 351 Cleveland 2v engine has less than 300 miles on it since a fresh rebuild about 2 years ago. It runs very strong and has tons of power. It runs very smoothly under normal driving conditions and is fun to drive. I am honest and will explain any of the car's quirks, benefits or issues to interested buyers, I'm not trying to sell a lemon. Part of me doesn't want to sell it at all for that matter. Listed below is the basic overview. Call, text or email for more information as I have a lot of it, including most all of the invoices/receipts for mechanic/machine work and parts that I put into it for your reference. I have more money into the engine than the total asking price of the car. The asking price is based off of an average of similar year Cougars for sale in similar condition, I will consider best offers that are reasonable, but don't expect me to take low balls. This is a great sleeper car that turns heads everywhere it goes, especially with how amazing it sounds with the brand new 40 series Flowmaster's and cross pipe exhaust.
Body: The body itself is straight. There is rust on the undercarriage, primarily on the passenger side due to it's life sitting. A passenger side floor pan was put in to help with the rust, but was only screwed in for a temporary fix - I had planned on putting it on a rotisserie and redoing the entire floor pan, but that never happened. Tires are like new with the original cougar emblem hubcaps (those little bastards are going for $80-$100 a pop now!) and currently have 70 series tires on the 14 inch wheels. I never got a chance to get nice rims for it. The paint is black primer. The original silver paint was mostly removed when some minor body work was done years back and I wanted it to match somewhat rather than have odd ball primer colors.
Interior: Overall the interior is not so hot. Again with the cause being the sitting and lack of proper maintenance for the vinyl. The dash has a few cracks in it but is in otherwise good shape. The headliner has tears, the door panels are terrible and currently have plastic covers over the panels to "hide" the cracking in the original vinyl but they are not a good permanent fix. The front bucket seats have tears in the butt part of the cushions, but the seat frames and back is decent, the rear seat is in surprisingly in great shape. New carpet was installed recently with decent sound/insulation matting The unique analog clock center console is in good shape. There is no stereo or speakers in the car. I never got that far. It does need new weatherstripping. The glass is in decent shape all around.
Engine: The 351 Cleveland was bored out .030 so it is technically a 357ci. The 2v heads were honed and polished and completely rebuilt with new Manley valves, springs, retainers etc. . . The pistons are Keith Black flat tops. It has an MSD pointless distributor, with 6a ignition box and high voltage coil. A brand new (installed a week ago) 650cfm Holley double pumper carbs sits on an Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap intake, a really nice manifold. High flow Holley fuel pump feeds the carb. New fuel pressure regulator and fuel pressure gauge have been installed. Original radiator has been rebuilt and second core added. All copper. Transmission cooler sits in front of the radiator. FMX automatic trans has been rebuilt with shift kit and has nice firm shifts, I put a Hughes stall converter in it when the engine was out. The cam is a Comp Cam. Sought after 9 inch rear differential sits in back with, I believe 3.86 gears. The power steering pump was recently replaced and steers really smooth.
Electrical: Minor electrical issue in getting the fuel gauge to work. Currently it reads full whether the tank is full or not. The instrument cluster voltage regulator and fuel sending unit have been recently replaced. The new sending unit could have been faulty but I haven't had the time to pull the unit to do a check. The aftermarket Tach works but needs a better home for the pickup. I currently have it attached to the coil, but it would do well to be hardwired. There may be some minor interior lighting issues but I have most everything working including the cool sequential turn signal lights. (like the new Mustangs have)
The car comes with a cougar manual and various extras including original parts and some that were never installed, like a brand new Holley electric fuel pump, nice hood locks, hood scoop, 7" air cleaner etc...
I can't say enough about this car, there aren't many around any more and people really take an interest when they see the car. I really do hate to see it go, but I have to. You have to drive it, listen to it and look at it in person to really appreciate it. I'm asking $5500 or best offer. Call, text or email if you are interested.